News: Jay-Z Reflects On Mr. Magic's Passing, "We Lost One Of Our Pioneers" [Audio]

Saturday, Oct 3, 2009 8:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Jay-Z has shared his reaction to yesterday's (October 2) unexpected passing of John "Mr. Magic" Rivas and said hip-hop has lost one of its pioneers.

Speaking with radio personality Egypt, Hovi expressed his feelings toward the late Magic.

"I'm a kid from the first generation of people that was listening to hip-hop and all we had was the radio," Hov explained in a phone interview. "We had to wait up. It wasn't like it is now. He's one of the pioneers that brought it to where it is now. We used to have to wait by the radio and it'd come on an hour. Mr. Magic was just one of the first people there, the pioneers that made it is what it is today...My condolences and respects to his family. And to all the hip-hop generations, we lost one of our pioneers." (WBLS)

Other radio personalities and artists also shared their reaction via Twitter.

"R.I.P. to the man who put hiphop radio on the map.... the one the only... MR. MAGIC!!! TOO MUCH YALL :(," Q-Tip wrote on Friday. "The originator!! mr. magic... all yall who dont know need to peep it.. http://tinyurl.com/ycy3jgc i really can't believe this year.... too much death in entertainment." (Q-Tip's Twitter)

DJ Premier initially broke the news surrounding Magic's passing Friday morning.

"I WANT TO SEND OUT THE UTMOST RESPECT AND CONDOLENCES TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN RIVAS---aka MR. MAGIC," he wrote. "HE PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING OF A HEART ATTACK.....TRUE HIP HOP HEADS KNOW THAT HIS HISTORY IS SO LONG DUE TO HIM BEING THE FIRST RAP MIXSHOW TO EVER BE ON COMMERCIAL RADIO ON NEW YORK'S WBLS-(107.5) WITH MARLEY MARL AND FLY TY IN 1982-1984.......THEN WENT ON TO WHBI IN OCTOBER OF 1984 AND THEN BACK TO WBLS in 1985 and WDAS in Philly SIMULTANEOUSLY HE PAVED THE WAY FOR ALL RADIO STATIONS THAT EVER DID MIXSHOWS AND ALSO SPARKED THE CAREER OF BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS DUE TO THE DISS HE SHOWED WHEN THEY CAME TO SHOP THEIR DEMO TO HIM AND WAS TURNED AWAY WHICH THEN SPARKED 'SOUTH BRONX' AND 'THE BRIDGE IS OVER'......REST IN PEACE MR. MAGIC.............DJ PREMIER" (Miss Info)

Magic held over two decades of history within hip-hop and the music industry upon his passing.

At his peak, in the mid- to late '80s, Magic had a rivalry with Kool DJ Red Alert, who had his own show on WRKS. They each had their own rap groups. Magic's Juice Crew featured such key names as Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, Kool G. Rap and Masta Ace. (New York Daily News)

Check out Jay-Z speaking on Mr. Magic below:

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